ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, Jan 18 (PIA) — The 10 municipalities and one city of Rizal province are targets of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Budget and Management, and National Anti-Poverty Commission and other line government agencies’ Bottom Up Budgeting (BUB) program 2014.
The program’s target will be 52 Calabarzon LGUs with a total budget of P 786 million.
Forty-nine LGUs will be given a budget of P15 million each while Batangas City will be allotted a maximum of P16 million, P18 million for Antipolo City, and P17 million for San Francisco, Quezon.
Municipalities of Rizal province excluding Morong, Baras and Teresa may receive funds with a budget of P15 million while the City of Antipolo is entitled to a higher limit.
BUB is an anti-poverty program to be implemented in 2014 through the Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team (RPRAT) which is chaired by DILG 4A headed by Regional Director Josefina Castilla-Go and with the DBM 4A and Regional Director July Pacificador as the vice chair and provider of funds along with other line government agencies.
The program will also involve the Local Poverty Reduction Action Teams (LPRAT) consisting of selected LGUs and civil society organizations (CSO) representatives which will be tasked to identify the specific needs of the locality before creating and submitting the plans to the inter-agency group.
Formulated plans and projects will be submitted to the DILG 4A regional office on or before February 15 which will be consolidated and forwarded to NAPC on March 28.
According to DILG Rizal Provincial Director Allan Benitez, the LPRAT will consists of the LGU and local civil society organizations (CSO).
Representatives from each LGU and CSO will be elected to represent their sectors in the planning process and become signatories to the plan as well. “As of now, the CSOs are undergoing orientation held by the LGUs for the Local Poverty Reduction Action Plan,” said Benitez. (GG-PIA4A)